Excerpts of an actual speech delivered by a mother to our volunteers
I won’t endeavour to explain the emotional challenges that one is faced every minute of the day when you have a child with special needs. I am sure that you can appreciate and understand the ache that is associated with that.
The financial challenges TRULY though are ones that are impossible to overcome.
Because no matter how many working hours there are in a day and how many extra concerts I undertake, as a single mum , it will still never be anywhere near enough for what one needs in order to keep their child in a private, mainstream education system with a full time aide.
This would not be possible without all of you and without the incredible community that came together when thousands of dollars were needed in order for Jeremy to continue on at the school.
Your work has changed my life. It has given me the opportunity to keep my son safe. To keep him secure, and to give him a Jewish education that my parents so desperately wanted me to have when we emigrated here in 1978 from Ukraine.
Like any other mum, I dream for Jeremy’s happiness. I hope that he finds some place in this world as an adult that can bring fulfilment into his life. I hope and pray that his journey will be as safe and as nurturing as it has been so far.
I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
Thank you Rosalie, and thank YOU.
Thank you for giving me some peace of mind, for helping me keep my son where he belongs, where he is loved.
It would be impossible without your ongoing efforts and endless hours that you have so generously given. I hope you all understand how precious this gift is to me as I’m sure it is to all the others that you help. I am blessed. Truly blessed.
Thank you Sharon, for always being my advocate!
And thank YOU! I am, forever grateful.
Email from Rabbi Yehoshua Smukler Principal Yeshivah – Beth Rivkah Colleges September 06, 2017
Dear Maurice, Rosalie and all the wonderful volunteers at the Posh Opp Shoppe,
Your ongoing commitment to assisting children with additional needs, whilst allowing them to continue receiving a Jewish education, has resulted in hundreds of young people being able to achieve, or even exceed their potential without having to compromise their values and traditions.
Watching these students build their self-esteem and self-confidence in spite of their academic challenges, maintaining their relationships with their peers and working towards a better future for themselves, is hugely rewarding. The nachas that we receive from these students, is nachas that you too are a part of.
Thank you for your ongoing support to our Colleges and our students.
Wishing you a Shana Tova and a K’tiva V’Chatima Tova.
Rabbi Yehoshua Smukler
Principal Yeshivah – Beth Rivkah Colleges
on behalf of the staff and students and their families
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Adass Israel School take this added opportunity to thank The Jewish Children’s Aid Society for the amazing support our students receive from your hard work. Kol Hakavod.
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